Bosso close gap on leaders

HARARE - Highlanders coach Erol Akbay is convinced yesterday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Harare City could be the turning point in the Castle Lager Premiership title race which saw them reduce the gap with log leaders FC Platinum to just four points.

The Bulawayo giants, who occupy third spot on the log table, have emerged as strong title contenders and yesterday’s second half goal by Allen Gahadzikwa kept their hopes alive.

With both Platinum and second-placed CAPS United managing draws 24 hours earlier, Bosso fully utilised on the slip-up.

The win means the Bulawayo giants are now on 44 points from 24 matches.

“First half was not so good, we gave them too much space especially in the first 10 minutes,” Akbay said after the match.

“The two teams ahead of us dropped two points which means we are now two points closer and for them it means more pressure in the coming games. For us it’s actually a motivation to win every game.

“We have six games to go now and four points it’s not much that means if you get the chance you have to go for it and yes, we want to go for the championship. This game will definitely motivate us to win our remaining matches.”

Highlanders were struggling to contain their lively hosts in the opening stages and Raphael Manuvire was unlucky after just 14 minutes when his long drive hit the upright while striker Jerry Chipangura directed the re-bound wide.

Highlanders had their chances too but both sides couldn’t break the deadlock before the breather.

It was the visitors however, who went ahead on the hour mark when Gahadzikwa reacted fast to Prince Dube corner kick to connect with a header.

The Sunshine Boys kept on pressing and were awarded a highly contentious penalty on 65 minutes when referee Brighton Chimene adjudged that defender Erick Mudzingwa had handled inside the box.

The decision was however, met with anger by Bosso fans who were housed in the City end as they responded by throwing missiles onto the pitch.

William Manondo, however saw his effort from the spot saved by goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.

Harare City coach Moss Chunga was left a disappointed man after the defeat blaming Bosso fans for throwing missiles.

“It’s disappointing to lose with the way we played,” Chunga said. “First half we controlled the game but our execution in front of goal was not good. We can’t have this kind of hooliganism because it disturbs the mind of the penalty taker, so football will suffer at the end of the day.”

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